Red Means Stop, But Not Always Stay Stopped

DriveSmartBC LogoHere's an interesting question from the DriveSmartBC inbox: There is a mid-block pedestrian controlled traffic light in our neighborhood and drivers frequently proceed through it after stopping if no one is in the crosswalk. Is this legal?

Ask most drivers in B.C. and they will tell you that when you are facing a red traffic light, you must stop and stay stopped until the light turns green. The exception that may be raised is when you are making a permitted left or right turn and have come to a complete stop first and yielded as necessary.

Wait a minute, LEFT turn on red? Yes, these turns are permitted if you are turning onto a one way street.

Continue reading...